The Mvemve Raats de Compostella created by winemaker friends Bruwer Raats and Mzokona Mvemve continues to impress wine critics locally and abroad. The beautiful Bordeaux blend recently added a 5-star Platter rating to its already impressive collection of accolades. Their 2004 maiden vintage was released in 2006 and quickly grabbed the attention of world-renowned wine writers. Definitive wine publication Wine Spectator scored this maiden vintage an unprecedented 93 points in 2006 - the highest rating ever given to a Bordeaux blend from South Africa and the top scoring red wine from South Africa that year. Following vintages continued this trend and scored similarly for four consecutive years. Last year, the 2007 vintage was included in Wine Spectator’s list of Top Wines from South Africa, while also making the inaugural Top 100 SA Wines listing. The 2008 vintage outranked other local wines to achieve the top score of 96 in Robert Parker’s 2011 Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines. With 97 points, the 2008 also recently outscored the other six South African wines included in the elite World of First Growth listing of the international private members club, The Parmigiani White Club. In addition, British wine writer and critic Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate acclaimed this vintage as the most memorable wine in the world for 2011. According to Bruwer Raats, the MR de Compostella has validated their vision vintage after vintage. “We wanted to create an exceptional wine that would stand out in this category and are absolutely thrilled to receive local recognition from the Platter wine guide for our 2009 vintage. Only 62 wines received a 5-star rating, so it is definitely a great accomplishment,” mentions Raats. For more information, visit www.raats.co.za. More Info: http://www.raats.co.za Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please . . .
The Property Poser panel helps a reader this week whose elderly parents have had to sell their house due to financial difficulty but have now been served with an interdict halting the transfer process. The reader explains that when their issues started they fell in arrears with the bond payments. Plans were made to pay a portion of the outstanding repayments and the balance was restructured as part of the outstanding bond, which increased the monthly instalment. To avoid landing in this situation again, the decision was made to sell the property. A suitable buyer was found and the transfer process commenced. The conveyancing attorneys eventually contacted the reader to inform her that the transfer had to be put on hold following the discovery of an interdict, which prevented her parents from selling the property. The attorney suggested that they consult with another attorney who could assist in rescinding this interdict, thereby allowing them to proceed with the transfer. Not too long after this conversation, the reader was advised by the same attorney that her parents should approach the bank, as the bondholder, and obtain a letter confirming the removal of the interdict, which could then be sent to the deeds office. Despite following these instructions, the bank advised that the attorney should see to the removal of the interdict. The reader is now quite confused as to what process to follow. She mentions that the bond has still not transferred to the buyer. Her parents have handed the keys over to the estate agent and are worried that if anything were to happen to the property, they would still be liable for the damages. It is difficult to ascertain from the given facts who obtained the interdict says Rian du Toit from DTS Attorneys in Nelson Mandela Bay. "We cannot merely assume that it was the bank, since, as bondholder, they are a preferred creditor upon the sale of the property. Any other creditor would also be able to attach the . . .
Just in time for summer, the national frozen yoghurt franchise, Wakaberry, will be opening their very first Cape Town store, on Kloof Street. Wakaberry, a self-service, soft-serve frozen yoghurt brand established in Durban in May 2011, will be opening a store in Cape Town on Kloof Street on the 16th of November. Nationally, this is their 7th store but it is their first for the Mother City. The new development is as a result of enormous growth of the brand and a massive demand by franchisees and customers alike. Wakaberry creates an experience where their customers (affectionately known as Wakafans) can ‘self’ swirl their soft serve frozen yoghurt (98% fat free) and add a variety of toppings. Flavours vary from store to store but customers can expect a wide variety including classics like Strawberry, Vanilla, Mixed Berry and English Toffee and quirkier taste sensations like Condensed Milk, Cheesecake, Kiwi, Watermelon and Green Apple. Toppings wise, for the fit and healthy they offer fresh fruit, nuts, and cereals, and for the downright wicked there are deliciously decadent desserts such as sweets, chocolates and sauces. Wakaberry was the first South African frozen yoghurt brand to offer this unique self serve concept that allows each customer to be the boss of their own creation. The affordable pricing and their pay-per-weight system means that customers can have as much or as little as they like. The price per 100gr is R11.00 and customers weigh their dessert once they have swirled their yoghurt and added their toppings. The founders, inspired by the growing “Froyo” industry around the world, saw an opportunity to create something new, fresh and exciting in South Africa. The name Wakaberry was born from the excitement surrounding the 2010 South African Soccer World Cup and the Shakira / Freshly Ground anthem “Waka Waka” that rocked South Africa and the rest of the world. The founders are born and bred Durbanites. Ken, Michele and David, all agree . . .
Pier 14 Shopping Centre’s new, bright young ambassadors were chosen in a colourful spectacle at the Mr & Miss Pier 14 Fashion Show on Saturday. The event, which showcased the vibrant summer ranges from the centre’s fashion retailers, was attended by hundreds of shoppers and saw titleholders from age seven to 21 selected in four categories. The announcement of popular senior winners Anelisa Willem and Anda Bongoza by stylish MC Msikeleli Moli was met with shrieks of delight by the excited crowd. A poised and articulate Willem, from KwaZakhele in Port Elizabeth, said she was thrilled to have won. The 20-year-old store manager and part-time financial management student said being Miss Pier 14 would provide the perfect vehicle for gaining exposure for her community work with the Ithubalethu Youth Development Programme. “There are so many things that I want to do. I want to inspire the youth, so they say, ‘Look what Anelisa is doing, I can do it too’.” Bongoza, 19, of North End, said he was very surprised and excited to be the new face of Pier 14. “My mother saw the competition in the PE Express and she phoned me and told me about it. So I entered but I didn’t expect to win.” The Andrew Rabie High School learner was mobbed by a small crowd of female fans after the show. “Some of them are family,” he laughed. The winners received gift vouchers from various Pier 14 stores. According to Sophia Steyn of centre management, this was the third edition of the popular competition. “It was a great success – definitely the best we’ve had so far.” Steyn said she was looking forward to working with the new brand ambassadors. “We’re definitely going to involve them in our promotions and charitable initiatives going forward.” Iviwe Blaaw and Kayde Erasmus were named Tiny Mr & Miss Pier (7 to 9 years), Corné Ferreira and Kesha Malgas Little Mr & Miss Pier 14 (10 to 13) and Lonwabo Klaas and Nomahlubi Catazo Teen Mr & Miss Pier 14 (14 . . .
Longridge Wine Estate recently expanded its international footprint when it was afforded the opportunity to supply wine for the Hungarian commemoration of the 1956 uprising against communism, held in Cape Town on 28 October 2012. A delegation from the Hungarian Embassy led by Hungarian ambassador Mr Bela Laszlo and his wife Julia, Honorary Consul Andre Pelser and the Deputy Head of the Consul Mission visited the wine estate to personally taste and select the wines to be served during the reception. Ambassador Laszlo was extremely impressed by the elegant food and wine pairing conducted by Longridge winemaker Jasper Raats and chef Bruce Von Pressintin. “This is a truly beautiful place and the rolling hills surrounding the estate somehow remind me of the foothills in Hungary. Absolutely magnificent!” declared Mr Laszlo. The 23rd of October is an important day on the Hungarian calendar as it commemorates the 1956 Hungarian revolution, which saw uprisings against the Soviet imposed policies of the then government. Thousands lost their lives and became refugees during battles against the state security police and Soviet troops. Although the uprising was suppressed, it is widely viewed as the country’s first stance against communism. According to Jasper Raats of Longridge, it was an honour to have their wines served at this historically significant occasion. “We were very proud when we were approached to present our wines at such an auspicious event as this date carries huge significance for the Hungarian people. Hungary itself is widely acknowledged as a wine producer and is home to the world-famous Tokaji wines, which became the subject of the world’s first appellation control. We look forward to developing an enduring relationship with Hungary in the future.” Longridge wines, which took centre stage on the day, included the Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot. More Info: http://www.longridge.co.za Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. . . .
Winter is being evicted. It has overstayed its welcome and it is time for summer and Traffic Clothing to take over. A preview to all that Traffic Clothing has to offer will be showcased at Canal Walk Centre Court on the 9th of November. It is sure to be a memorable event and a good way to prepare for the summer season. Traffic Clothing events never fail to enthuse guests and will not disappoint with this summer’s hottest looks. Key trends for the upcoming summer season include: bright tropical – nothing says ‘summer’ more than tropical print and colours; graphic print – don’t just make a statement, wear a statement; neon – because bright is beautiful; denim – when in doubt dress denim! Then lastly, the most anticipated theme of the evening, the garment that speaks femininity - swimwear. MC for the evening, Leigh-Anne Williams, Expresso presenter and Good Hope FM news reader, will introduce these exciting summer themes and the entertainment throughout the show. Models by 20management will be transformed into Traffic Clothing goddesses with the help of Kavanagh’s Hair Studio, Kohl Make-up and Traffic Clothing’s very own fashion guru, Gareth Botha. Guests will be greeted upon arrival with delicious canapés served by Café Magnifico and are invited to enjoy a Scheckter’s Organic drink, while being treated to sensational music in preparation for the display of clothes for your eyes’ pleasure. Spot prizes are up for grabs (thank you, Nu Metro Canal Walk!) but only if you bring your business card for the lucky draw! Its summer and the memories are just waiting to happen! [ends] Event details: Date: 9th November 2012 Venue: Canal Walk, Centre Court Time: 7pm For more information contact: Lara Rall Younique Concepts email@example.com 021 433 0930 More Info: Author: Lara Rall from Younique Concepts. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this . . .
Longridge Wine Estate outside Stellenbosch has taken another step on their journey to become one of the top Merlot producers in the country. At this weekend’s prestigious Veritas Awards the Longridge Merlot 2008 received a coveted gold medal. Earlier this year, this Longridge Merlot was also the only Merlot to be included in the Top 100 SA Wines selection. According to cellar master Jasper Raats, these accolades are proof that this fickle variety needs the right terroir and lots of attention. “The coolness of the slopes of the Helderberg, where we are located, is perfect for producing top quality Merlot. The iron-rich clay sub soils echo that of Pomerol, where arguably the world’s greatest merlots are grown. In my opinion, a lot needs to be said for growing Merlot in a cooler climate. For proof, you just have to look at the success of other cool climate Merlot producers like Shannon (Elgin), Steenberg (Constantia) and Hillcrest (Durbanville) . A gold Veritas coming hot on the heels of the Merlot’s inclusion in the Top 100 SA Wines listing is definitely an indication of the quality of this wine. We would like to establish Longridge as one of the top Merlot producers in the country in the long-term and critical acclaim such as this will undoubtedly identify us as serious contenders,” mentions Raats. The success of the 2008 Merlot follows consistently good performances by previous vintages with the 2007 receiving a double gold at Veritas. This is the fourth time that a Longridge Merlot has been awarded with either a gold or double gold Veritas award. Longridge Merlots have also regularly scored a four-star rating in the Platter Guide and can boast a Michelangelo Double Gold as well as a Trophy for Best Merlot at the International Wine and Spirits Competition. Longridge Merlot is crafted from grapes in vineyards rooted in deep, fine granite Tukulu soils on the slopes of the Helderberg, which receive refreshingly cool winds during the day from the Atlantic Ocean . . .
SPAR shoppers nationwide recently celebrated the extraordinary women in their lives by purchasing limited edition Women’s Day badges in aid of charity. The proceeds from the Eastern Cape campaign were donated to Living Waters Ministries in East London, which offers various services for vulnerable members of society, including safehouses for abused women and children. The charity’s chief executive officer Melanie Gobel (left) accepted the big cheque for R50 000 from SPAR EC retail operations manager Lungisa Jongi at the LWM premises on Wednesday. See more photos on www.facebook.com/sparinaction. More Info: http://www.fullstopcom.com Author: Coetzee Gouws from Full Stop Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Photo: Craig Muller Photographer: [/l2g] . . .
One lucky Pier 14 Shopping Centre customer will be sleeping a little more soundly at night, thanks to the dream prize of a bedroom suite worth R25 000. Gloria Meyer from Lower Mount Croix in Port Elizabeth was the fortunate winner in the centre’s “Find Your Furniture” promotion in August. She walked away with a luxurious double bed and padded headboard, two bedside cabinets with reading lamps, and a matching chest of drawers with mirror. A complete set of bedding and coordinating area rug finished the room. Participants had to look for the grand prize on display in the centre and then visit Pier 14’s furniture retailers to identify the store of origin. Although Meyer entered the SMS-based competition 11 times, the 66-year-old housewife said she had not expected to win. “I’m not one of those people who set my hopes on winning a competition, so I’m not disappointed when I don’t,” said a circumspect Meyer. “Even when I made it to the final three, I didn’t think I’d win.” She beat 15 other finalists to take home the grand prize. Sophia Steyn from Pier 14 centre management said her marketing team had decided to give away the furniture following the success of the “Make Mothers’ Day Memorable” promotion in May. In that competition, father of two Luyanda Dlanga from Motherwell surprised his wife Tuliswa with a fully equipped kitchen set worth R20 000. Steyn said there had been an overwhelming response to the May promotion. “So, due to popular demand, we decided to reward our shoppers with something similar again.” According to her, Pier 14 customers fell mainly in the lower LSM 4 to 6 bracket and insisted on a value-for-money shopping experience. “Our customers work hard for their money, so competition prizes that enhance their lifestyle are an important consideration.” Steyn said the countdown to the peak festive season trading had already begun and customers could look forward to more exciting promotions from the centre. Issued . . .
Acclaimed winemaker Jasper Raats of Longridge will be showcasing the estate’s Top 100 SA Wines during a dinner at Rodwell House in St James on Friday, 24 August 2012. The award-winning wines have been paired perfectly with canapés on arrival to be followed by a three-course dinner. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of 2008 Longridge Cap Classique Brut paired with chicken liver crostini, smoked salmon tartlets and an avocado soup shot. For starters, the vibrant scents of the 2009 Longridge Chardonnay will complement the tempura prawns and spicy dipping sauce. The main course features a perfect pairing of 2008 Longridge Merlot with crispy duck or alternatively the Longridge Cabernet Franc with linguine arrabiata. The sensational Longridge Edelgoud will bring the evening to its grand finale when served with toasted walnuts, blue cheese and apple slices. For reservations, please contact 021 787 9880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are R295 per person, including wines. Special accommodation offers are also available. The elegantly appointed 5-star Rodwell House offers luxury accommodation with unsurpassed views of False Bay. For more information on Longridge Estate and Restaurant, please visit www.longridge.com. More Info: http://www.longridge.co.za Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Acclaimed winemaker Jasper Raats Photographer: Peridot The awe-inspiring view from Longridge Wine Estate Photographer: Peridot [/l2g] . . .